Argentina's plastics industry chamber, CAIP, has secured the presidency of the 14-member Latin American plastics association (Aliplast) for the next two years.
Mexico's plastics industry association, Anipac, wanted the top post but had to settle for the first vice presidency at a June Aliplast conference in Buenos Aires, according to an Anipac spokesman.
In addition to Argentina and Mexico, Aliplast comprises plastics industry associations from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Ecuador's Aseplas (Asociación Ecuatoriana de Plásticos) occupied the presidency previously.
CAIP has served as the presiding association of Aliplast twice in the past. “It's very important to us to have the opportunity again to lead the plastics industry for all of Latin America,” said Sergio Hilbrecht, sub-manager of CAIP, from the Argenplás trade show in Buenos Aires. “Our main challenge now will be to improve integration of the industry in member countries in defense of plastics and the environment.”
He also said CAIP would like to use Aliplast to work on technical education partnerships with similar entities in Europe, to help Latin American industry members get easier access to the latest technological developments.
CAIP stands for Cámara Argentina de la Industria Plástica, Anipac for Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC and Aliplast for Asociación Latinoamericana de la Industria Plástica.
Argenplas was held June 18-22.